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3.78 of 5 stars 3.78  ·  rating details  ·  649 ratings  ·  156 reviews
When your average, 16-year old loser, Scott Tyler, meets the beautiful and mysterious Aubrey Jones, he learns he's not so average after all. He's a 'Shifter'. And that means he has the power to undo any decision he's ever made. At first, he thinks the power to shift is pretty cool. But as his world starts to unravel around him he realises that each time he uses his power, ...more
Paperback, 312 pages
Published September 4th 2012 by Strange Chemistry
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AH
Really cool.
“Shifters have the power to change reality. And by doing that shape reality around them. We can change decisions we make, take paths we didn’t take, and change our present.”
Neat, huh?

Scott Tyler thought he led a dull existence. He’s in his last year of high school. He lives with his parents and younger sister Katie. Scott’s parents are disconnected with Scott: his mother pretends that the family likes each other and the father is completely detached from the family. In fact, Scott
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Ben Babcock
Sometimes I wish I had the power to checkpoint my life, much like one can in many video games. I’d like to index certain times and be able to rewind to them and then make a different decision. For example, this morning I noticed that I was running low on brown sugar, and I hadn’t bought any more last time I bought groceries. It made me wish I could go back to the point where I was ordering groceries and have ordered brown sugar, just so I don’t have to buy any during the week. It’s time travel, ...more
lafon حمزة نوفل
Humph! I decided before writing this review that I would read what other goodreads members thought of this book. After doing so, my reaction to this novel is much the same as it was when I just finished it. Basically: "What?! Was that it?! Huh?!"
So Ms. Curran does not mince words, cuts to the chase, doesn't beat around the bush, etc, etc. and gets straight to the story. All in all not a bad idea, but that mentality exists throughout the book leaving one at the end wondering if they just ran head
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Nemo (the Moonlight Library)
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Shift’s opening pages did not endear itself to me. I read the prologue, which was a huge hypothetical ‘have you ever wondered?’ and frankly said NO, I HAVE NOT. PISS OFF, BOOK. So I put it down for a few weeks. When I picked it up again, the opening chapter was a ‘dream sequence’ – that is, an ‘alternate reality’ presented as fact and designed to entice until it is revealed it is not in fact reality. Our protagonist, Scott, was playing a video ga
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Kt
Review originally posted on my blog: A Book Obsession..

Everything about Scott Tyler screams average, until the day he met Audrey Jones and everything changed. Turns up he has the ability to go back and fix any mistake he ever made. Those with this power are called Shifters, but shifting comes with consequences, and every changed choice can cause unforeseen ripples. Suddenly his old boring life is looking more and more attractive as he finds himself a target for those who would see to use and con
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Syahira Sharif
The book surprised me, I rarely read boy’s POV young adult books but this is really not that bad and its way better than a lot of contemporary YA novels that I’ve read these days.

Truthfully, when I saw the description, I was expecting a rip-off version of The Butterfly Effect and Jumper which I didn’t like at all despite one of them became a cult movie and another have Director Nick Fury in it. I was finishing this book before my usual Saturday afternoon’s Fringe and frankly I saw some subtle si
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Jeff James
Shift is the story of Scott Tyler, a British teenager who accidentally discovers that he has the power to “shift” between possible realities by changing his past decisions. Along with this discovery comes his entry into a secret world of shifters and a dawning understanding of the terrible powers at play in a world where reality can be changed at will.

One on side there is a clandestine government organization called ARES that focuses on training young shifters to use their powers for good, and o
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Michelle (Much Loved Books)
Shift is one I listened to on audiobook, and loved it. I ended up picking up the books, Shift and Control, to read them, and was disappointed to hear the news about Delete. That disappointment soon vanished once I heard the news that Delete would be published, so I decided to pick up these books again to refresh my mind about what has happened before I read Delete. Since this was a TBR read, and not really a review book I don't really take notes, so its going to be brief and basic, but a small w ...more
Will M.

Another disappointing read. This one had huge potential, yet the execution was terrible.

A shifter can change the past, to keep the description short, but there are limits. There can be consequences, and the main character realized that in the novel. Honestly the main premise was not discussed as well as it should've been.

The characters were okay, but they weren't developed enough to be remembered. Aubrey constantly tried to be a "kick-ass female character" but she still ended up being dull and
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Elevetha
2.5 stars.

The girl's name is Aubrey. 'Tis a good name that is rarely seen in media. I'd like to see it more, please and thank you. Just don't mess up the character.
Anna (Enchanted by YA)
3.5 STARS

This book had me hooked from the get go with its intriguing synopsis and downright brilliant prologue. I love how you’re thrown straight into the action with Scott the main protagonist and you don’t have chapters upon chapters of filler before anything happens so you get a “feel” for the characters and the story. Straight away Scott, who’s always led a rather mundane life with his arguing parents and little sister who’s always outshone him, gets a taste for the supernatural when he make
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Angelya (Tea in the Treetops)
Scott is busily going about his teenage life with his dysfunctional family, when he accidentally Shifts for the first time. The rather abrupt but very mysterious Aubrey Jones drags him away from a confrontation with the government organisation in charge of regulating Shifters, ARES. Scott soon finds himself deep in a strange new world, where every choice could have dramatic consequences.

Shift is one of two titles debuting not just for their authors, but for the Strange Chemistry imprint. Kim Cur
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Book Angel Emma
3.5 Stars - deducting points for making me want to vomit at a certain point with cats :p

Loved the narrative voice - amazing use of quantum physics - power corrupts and this is one of the lowest examples *shudders*

I loved Scott’s narrative voice, he is an utterly realistic 16 year old. The world in which he lives is brought to vivid life with Kim Curran’s descriptive, relatable writing style. Scott’s life is utterly normal, parents who argue constantly and a younger sister that out shines him in
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Bibliotropic
I have to give Curran props here. Usually when book summaries involve the phrase “beautiful and mysterious [name],” I get turned away pretty quickly. That sort of thing rarely appeals to me. But the rest of the concept, playing with timelines and overwriting them to get your desired result, was interesting enough to make me overlook that and to give the book a try.

There are rules to shifting, too, and ones that I was happy to see. If two shifters are facing off, the final timeline is determined
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Ellie
Scott’s never been one to show off before so he’s not quite sure why he’s climbing a pylon to impress a girl. When he slips, he really thinks he’s a goner, but instead of breaking all the bones in his body, he comes round lying on the grass with a memory of falling over the fence. Did he climb the pylon or not? Next thing he knows, he’s being dragged off by the girl, Aubrey, and being told off for shifting in public. If he can just avoid being captured by ARES, his knew found gift to change his ...more
Rebecca
I read shift about two/three months ago and am hoping to read the sequel soon, but I thought I'd post a review on the first book before I did one for the second.

I found Shift a pretty interesting read, with an imaginative concept of the world having this secret organisation known as ARES that recruited people called 'Shifters' (who had the ability to re-do decisions and stuff). I wouldn't say it's a particularly 'original' book, as this theme of having a 'secret organisation' is done a lot in ot
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Michelle (Much Loved Books)
It's no secret that I spend a lot of my time when I am not reading, listening to audiobooks, and I received Shift at the perfect time to give me something new to listen to. For some reason unknown to me I missed out on the publication of Shift, so having the chance to review an audiobook of it was perfect for me.
Like some of my previous reviews I am going to break down this review into different sections, and give my thoughts on each one.

The Plot
I love the whole idea behind the story, and having
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Rany Dwi
“Coba kau pikirkan semua hal penting yang tidak bisa di ubah dalam hidupmu. Semua keputusan yang menuntunmu ke keadaan yang kau jalani sekarang ini. Apa jadinya kalau semua keputusan itu bisa kau ubah? Apa yang akan kau lakukan kalau semua keputusan yang pernah kau ambil bisa kau batalkan? Jawabannya tentu saja batalkan semua kesalahan. Pasti begitu, kan?” —hlm. 02

Scott Tyler tak pernah menyangka ia akan memiliki kekuatan istimewa. Bukan kekuatan semacam bisa terbang atau tak kasat mata, namun
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Lucy Saint-smith
Shift is based on a really interesting concept. What if you had the power to change your past decisions? How would it change your life? The idea is really well thought out in Kim Curran's novel, and it makes for a thoroughly enjoyable, if not life changing, read.
The main character, Scott, is a likeable everyman, a loser-ish teenage boy with a dysfunctional family, who finds that he has this power to alter his past choices, resulting in him being sucked into an exciting new world. Secret govern
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Sally
My first thoughts on SHIFT was that it was some kind of Sci-Fi, futuristic book about time-travel, which also meant I was expecting a heck of a lot of action for the entirety of the book and possible nonsensical explanations of the paranormal abilities the main protagonist would have. I was glad to have been wrong, for once.

Scott Tyler is your average teenager, only he is deemed as a loser. His parents are continuously arguing, only sticking together for the sake of the family. It’s hard enough
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Daniel
This review originally published in Looking For a Good Book. Rated 4.0/5

I'm glad I just received the third book in the series, to prompt me to go back and read the first book. This was an awesome, exciting ride!

Shift is about sixteen year old Scott Tyler, an average high school student living the typical teenager life of school and friends and girls and a fragile family life. A a party with a friend, Scott wants to impress a new girl by doing something dangerous and stupid (yes, this sounds like
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aia
Shifter atau Pengalih, seorang pengalih mempunyai kemampuan untuk mengalihkan kenyataan, Seorang Pengalih bisa menciptakan kenyaaan baru di sekitarnya bahkan bisa membatalkan keputusan yang sudah diambilnya.

Sejujurnya, aku sangat suka dengan ide dan tema Pengalih seperti ini. Genre Young-adult yang menurutku sangat beda dari pada yang lain. aku menyukai konsep dan juga bagaimana sang penulis mengembangkan konsep ide cerita ini dengan sains bahkan fisika kuantum, apalagi dengan mengambil POV seor
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Rachel
Better than expected! Didn't start out too well, but definitely redeemed itself.
Akhfhin Rahardhiyanto
rated 3 / 5 stars

Sinopsis:
Setelah tanpa sengaja menggunakan kekuatan yang tanpa dia sadari dimilikinya untuk mengubah kenyataan, Scott Tyler baru menyadari bahwa dirinya adalah seorang Pengalih—seseorang yang memiliki kemampuan untuk membatalkan segala keputusan yang telah dijalaninya, dan secara otomatis membangun versi kenyataan baru yang dapat mengubah keadaan saat ini hanya dengan kekuatan pikiran.
Mulanya, Scott mengira kemampuannya itu adalah hal luar biasa yang akan membuat kehidupannya me
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Alek Cristea
Shift is one of those books I first heard about when I started looking into the titles released by Angry Robot’s new imprint, Strange Chemistry. Already excited about several of the titles, I was going on a pre-ordering spree when I came across Shift. The cover made me think of science-fiction movies like Push and I couldn’t quite decide what I thought about that, until I read the synopsis. And then, suddenly, Shift sounded like it was going to be very cool.

Scott Tyler is a sixteen year old lose
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Marielle
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Thank you Netgalley and Strange Chemistry for my copy of this book!
Actual Rating: 4.5



Shift by Kim Curran was quite a trip. It was slightly disturbing, but in a fantastic way and it was an incredible idea.
16-year-old Scott Tyler was average, maybe even a loser. He had one kind-of-friend, his family argued, and he wasn’t really popular. At all. Then, one night he tries to climb the Pylon. One moment he’s scaling it, the next he’s laying on his back o
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Rebecca A. Rogers
Scott learns that he’s a Shifter (no, not the werewolf kind), meaning he has the ability to alter reality. He can change the outcome of a situation just by imagining an alternate ending. The story starts out with Scott and his friends. Scott’s dared to climb a tower. He reaches the top, then slips and falls off. But the landing never comes. When he opens his eyes, none of his friends act like he even climbed the tower. And that’s when things start to get weird.

Scott meets Aubrey, who works for a
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Mitchii
3.5/5

I thought of Tempest when I first saw this book. And let’s just say I have slight penchant to books told from guy’s pov. Besides, the idea of undoing a decision sounds very unique—no, awesome to me. So I requested this book preparing myself to the awesomeness.

Or so I thought.

It was good, but it’s not remarkable. I think what lured readers like me was the concept of ‘shifting.’ I have read time-traveling books but this was my first to have read a character that can ‘shift (undo decisions he
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Ole Imsen
It doesn't take long before this novel goes from its opening of normal teenage life into a completely different direction. There's nothing new with a teenager discovering they have a special power. But from that initial premise Shift moves unto something that is not your normal story, and it moves in directions that are surprising and impossible to predict.

I like novels that have good central ideas, and shifting is definitely that. Curran manages to use it not only to drive the storyline forwa
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Sharon
More of my reviews @ www.obsessionwithbooks.blogspot.com

Shift by Kim Curran was kindly provided to me by Netgalley for Strange Chemistry.

Sixteen-year-old Scott Tyler is a Shifter, meaning he has the ability to change reality by altering the decisions he has made and have a do-over; he is clueless about these powers until a dare with a so-called friend goes wrong and he comes back to 'current' reality with the beautiful and mysterious, Aubrey Jones rushing him away before the regulators find out
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